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Video: Speeding enforcement campaign underway in Minnesota

Feb 09, 2021 05:53AM ● By Editor

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The state is cracking down on dangerous speeders.  Photo: WDIO-TV

From WDIO-TV - February 8, 2021

We're only a little more than a month into 2021, and it seems like we are carrying at least one more thing besides COVID into the new year. Dangerous driving.

"I don't want Minnesota families looking back on 2021, with heavy hearts, having lost a loved one to a speed-related crash," shared John Harrington, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. 

There have been six speed-related crashes causing deaths already so far. State leaders are urging people to slow down, to save lives.

An enforcement campaign with the state patrol rolled out in January. Now, in February, deputies and police officers are joining the campaign.

More than 1000 drivers were ticketed for going more than 100 mph last year.  "Excuses don't cut it," said Col. Matt Langer, chief of the Minnesota State Patrol.

You're being asked to remember people are working on the roads, like snow plow drivers. And it could be your friend or neighbor out there next to you.

"It's time for people to have direct conversations about speeding. It's OK to speak up and talk to one another about slowing down" added Margaret Anderson-Kelliher, commissioner of MnDOT.

The campaign, which will run through the spring, will include messages on social media.

To see the original report and read related stories, follow this link to the WDIO-TV website.